We’re hoping for, rather than expecting, a western release for Sega’s ’80s-era prequel, which shows a young Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima trying to make their fortune in Tokyo’s seedy underbelly. Combat has been expanded, with both protagonists able to swap between three fighting styles, while asides include rhythm-action disco dancing, cabaret management and playable
OutRun and Space Harrier cabinets. Time with the Japanese demo offers a teasing glimpse of some smart refinements, plus a series of impenetrable cutscenes. Sega’s recent moves suggest a localisation is unlikely, but then so was one for Yakuza 5.